ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - APG community members toured the newly renovated Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness center during a Feb. 6 open house.

Under extensive renovation since June 2011, the center offers significantly more floor space.

"The old floor plan before was not conducive to the population's needs," said Byron Reasin, facility manager.

He said in addition to removing two walls to add space, the $500,000 project included locker room updates, electrical and water piping upgrades; the addition of a handicapped entrance and eight flat screen TVs; new floors, paint and doors, and 13 pieces of aerobic equipment.

Nineteen bikes were also added to accommodate the morning, lunchtime, and afternoon spin classes.

"There was a large demand to bring spin classes to APG," Reasin said. "Other classes have been added to the fitness schedule and are offered at some of our other MWR facilities during peak
times.

The fitness center boasts a small library of exercise DVDs that customers can use onsite.

APG resident Young McKenna said the reopening of the fitness center has inspired her to start exercising again.

"It is difficult to get back on track, but I think that the spinning classes will motivate me," she said.

The fitness center, located in Bldg. 320 on Tower Road, is open Monday to Thursday, from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use of the center is free and open to all Department of Defense ID cardholders.
For more information, call 410-278-9725.